War Legacies Project

 

Projects

 

Education and Awareness

 

Viet Nam programs

Resource development: WLP gathers and shares information and research  on Agent Orange and other  long-term human health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of war. 

Film Screenings: WLP conducts  screening of numerous films that address the impacts of the American war in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.  A full  list of the films about Agent Orange can be found on our Films Page.

 

Exhibits: WLP coordinates photo and art exhibits that address the impacts of Agent Orange. These include exhibits by Japanese photographer Goro Nakamura, Vietnamese photographer Doan Duc Minh, the photojournalist Philip Jones-Griffiths and and an Agent Orange exhibit by American and Vietnamese artists. For more information about brining an exhibit to your locality please contact Susan at shammond@warlegacies.org

Forums: WLP coordinates and participates in forums, conferences and discussions that examine the long term human health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of war.

Educational Tours: WLP coordinates and assists in the development of educational tours focusing on the long-term impacts of war in Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. WLP also assists in coordinating visits to programs in Vietnam that are working with war-impacted communities.

Legacies of War Exhibit: WLP is an advisor to a group of Laotian - Americans who have developed a traveling exhibit about the Secret War in Laos and the on-going impact of cluster munitions. For more information about the exhibit and Legacies of War's work to address the on-going impacts of cluster munitions in Laos visit their website at http://www.legaciesofwar.org/

Volunteer Opportunities

WLP facilitates volunteer opportunities for students, medical and education professionals, and others who are in interested in short - term volunteer opportunities in Viet Nam assisting populations that have been impacted by war. Volunteer opportunities may also be available for Laos and Cambodia.  Contact Susan at shammond@warlegacies.org for more information.

 

electric wheelchairWheelchair Program: Help WLP purchase specialized wheelchairs for physically disabled children and youths in Vietnam.

 

 

Support WLP's Wheelchair Program


children at the Gia Dinh autism center in HCM City paintingAutism Teacher Training Program: While it is not yet known if autism is associated with exposure to Agent Orange, there is significant evidence that some autism spectrum disorders may be associated with environmental exposures. Vietnam, has a large number of children with Autism. For several years WLP has been working with the Gia Dinh Special School in HCM City. We have an opportunity to send two if its teachers that work with children with autism to the Morgan Center for Autism in San Jose, CA for a short-term training program. Your donation will help support the cost of their training and to hold workshops in Vietnam upon their return to train other teachers.

Autism Teacher Training Project

 

Income generation - in association with the Vietnam Red Cross and the Viet Nam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin WLP is helping families with disabled children, including those believe to be affected by Agent Orange to increase their income through animal husbandry, the setting up small businesses, and vocational training. Through donations received in memory of Bob Feldman, a US Vietnam war veteran who died of lymphoma, WLP and the Red Cross  helped improve the livelihood of 150 families in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Dong Nai provinces in 2007.

Your contribution will help WLP in its work to increase the annual income of poor families with disabled children who earn less than $20/month.  

Support WLP's  Income Generation Program

Home construction -  in association with the Viet Nam Red Cross WLP helps renovate or construct homes for poor families with severely disabled children. Funds donated in memory of Bob Feldman have built or renovated  homes in Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Dong Nai province in 2007.

Your donation will help WLP to construct and renovate more homes for the poor and disabled in Vietnam. A new home such as the one picture above costs about $2000 to construct.

Support our Home Construction Project

Support for Surgeries  - in association with the Hue Medical School and the Office of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children we are supporting the cost of surgeries and medical care for children with congenital heart defects, cleft palate, club foot and other surgically correctible conditions.  To date most of these surgeries have been supported by funds donated in memory of Chris Jenkins, a former International Voluntary Services volunteer to Viet Nam from who died in 2003. The cost of surgeries range from less than $100 for cleft pallate or club food surgery up to $3000 to repair a congenital heart defect.  Any level of donation will help a child in need of life saving or live changing surgery.

Support our Surgery Program

Construction of Classrooms - in association with the Office of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children at the Hue University of Medicine WLP is supporting classrooms and training teachers in rural districts of Thua Thien Hue province for children with developmental disabilities.  In 2007 funds donated to the Chris Jenkins Memorial Fund have built and equipped a classroom and helped train a teacher in Nam Dong Province, Thua Thien Hue Province Vietnam.  The total operating cost of a classroom is $2000/year, including meals for the children, the teacher's salary and training costs, school supplies and utilities, approximately $200 per student for a year. 

Support our Classroom Project

Green Fence Project in A Luoi, Vietnam  - WLP is working with  Mr. Phung Tuu Boi and the  Assistance for Natural Conservation and Community Development Center to plant a fence of  Honey Locust trees around the former A So military base in A Luoi Valley. When the fence is grown it will keep the local population from being exposed to the residual dioxin in the soil.  The fruit of the Honey Locust trees, which is valued for it use as a natural shampoo, will also provide an income to the villagers.  The first phase of planting the Honey locust seeds took place in December 2007, these seedlings were transplanted around the former airbase in January 2009.   Additional funds raised for the project will be used to help improve the livelihoods of the residents of the village surrounding the base by helping them to plant fruit trees, bamboo and rattan that will help supplement their income.

Support the A Luoi Green Fence Project

Quang Ngai Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Center- WLP is working with Dr Phan Thi Phi Phi and the Quang Ngai Association of gent Orange Victims  construct, equip and staff a medical clinic, rehabilitation and vocational training center for severely disabled children in Quang Ngai province. The center once built will serve 50 residential and 200 non-residential children.

Support the Quang Ngai Center

Early Detection and Early Intervention for Birth Defects- WLP is working with the Office of Genetic Counseling and Disabled Children to improve upon the current capacities of the Hue Medical School to provide comprehensive reproductive and pre and post-natal care for families managing/coping with birth defects and genetic conditions. This includes: the support of a center for early intervention to identify and provide educational and rehabilitation services for children under six with birth defects and/or learning disabilities, the training of teachers and medical personnel to identify birth defects and other disabilities, and  training for parents to provide at-home rehabilitation. $600 will cover the cost for the early intervention program for one child for a year.

Support our Early Intervention Project

     

 

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